Brian Falduto will host NYC Pride's 3rd Annual LGBT Songwriter's Night benefitting The Trevor Project. This donation based event will feature an intimate evening of storytelling from the queer community's finest songwriters including Cameron Hawthorn, Michael Blume, Elizabeth Wyld, Graham KC Garlington, & Emily McNally. All performances will be broadcast virtually for the 1st time ever courtesy of ViewStub. RSVP today using the ticket link to let us know if you're coming! Happy Pride :)
The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention & crisis intervention service for LGBTQ young people. Trevor provides accredited crisis counseling & suicide intervention to any LGBTQ young person that needs support. Last year alone, the Trevor Project directly served over 100,000 calls/chats/texts from LGBTQ youth who've reached out for support. Their volume has been significantly higher since the CoVid-19 pandemic began & has at times more than doubled in volume. Now, during a time that feels uncertain & scary, The Trevor Project needs us now more than ever.
Cameron Hawthorn (he/him/his) defies genres as an American singer-songwriter. His stunning vocals and songwriting blend elements of Country, Americana, Folk, and Pop/Rock to put him in a league of his own. Hailing from a small town in Kansas, he attributes his years of growing up in the Midwest to the authentic and honest storytelling found in his music. The emerging crooner made a buzz early in 2019 with his single, “Dancing In the Living Room,” with the accompanying music video garnering over 250k views for the independent artist and coverage from the likes of People Magazine, CMT, and Huffington Post. With the underlying theme of showing your truest, most vulnerable self, Hawthorn set out with the desire to deliver listeners the message that ‘love is love.’
Influenced by legends like Johnny Cash, Elvis, James Taylor, and Fleetwood Mac, Hawthorn aims to make music with the same raw narrative - pure and real, classy and classic. He combines that with the spunk and pop sensibility of more current artists like Shania Twain and Eric Church. Hawthorn released his next single "Oh Hot Damn!" later in 2019 paired with his steamy line dance music video that was featured on Huffington Post and CMT. This is only the beginning for Cameron Hawthorn as he sets his eyes on an EP release coming 2020 and much more to come down his yellow brick road.
Michael Blume’s (he/they/she) innovative pairing of soul, hip-hop, and pop sounds with provocative and vulnerable lyrics has helped establish him as a rising voice in music over the last several years. Blume's music is full of questions and explores themes of queer identity, self-love, and material culture. His last project, “cynicism & sincerity” featured Drag Race stars Shea Coulee and Peppermint on the track “R U Mad” and garnered national press from TIME, Huffington Post, Billboard, and more. Blume has amassed millions of streams on Spotify and most recently toured nationally opening for AJR. He is currently working on his next project, slotted for release in 2020.
Elizabeth Wyld (she/her/hers) is an indie singer and songwriter from rural Northern Virginia. A former musical theatre actress, she found herself completely unable to sing or speak in 2016, and was diagnosed with vocal paralysis. While being silent for six months, Elizabeth recast herself in an authentic life. Her first few singles have garnered praise in publications like Tagg and Curve. This fall, she steps forward with her debut album, Quiet Year, produced by Zach Jones and Oscar Albis Rodriguez of A Great Big World. “This is the culmination of everything I've written since the vocal paralysis,” New York City-based artist shares. Themes of love, abandonment, silence, and frustration abound on the 8-song album. The songs are lushly layered with achingly beautiful harmony vocals, touches of organ, swells of ethereal ambience, and pristine and purposeful lead vocals that span whispered sensuality to soaring emotionality.
Graham KG Garlington (he/they) is a trans non-binary singer-songwriter, activist, experimental musical theatre composer, and drag artist. He’s been assistant directing off-Broadway (Till, NYMF, 2019; Only Human, 2019) since graduating Sarah Lawrence College in 2018. They are currently developing their third musical while working and performing with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. They look forward to a future where the police are abolished and the capitalist white suprematist state falls.
Emily McNally (she/they) is a queer folk-pop singer/songwriter based out of NYC. Her original songs are characterized by vulnerable, lovelorn lyricism combined with lush vocal layering and sweet melodies. Following the release of her EP, The Gardener, Emily has been collaborating with up-and-coming producers from around the world, as well as finalizing her next EP coming late 2020. She has been gigging around NYC for the past six years, from iconic venues like Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End, to local coffeehouses and music stores. You can find her music on all streaming platforms. IG: @emilymcnallysings
Brian Falduto (he/him/his) is a gay country artist as well as an ICF certified LGBT Life Coach but he is best known for his child actor days as "that gay kid from School of Rock." Recently named by PrideLife Magazine as "one of the 20 most influential, outspoken, & optimistic individuals on the planet," Brian wrapped a cross country Pride Tour this past summer inclusive of Sacramento Pride, RI Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Dallas Pride, & more. His Now This News interview has reached an audience of just under 5 million & he's had similar reach with his Advocate essay. The music video for Brian's latest single, "God Loves Me Too" is out now. He also hosts "The Gay Life Coach Podcast" which provides bi-weekly mindfulness content for the queer community. @brianfalduto @thegaylifecoach www.brianfalduto.com